In the past 5 years, I’ve tried a variety of apps and tools to start up a journaling habit, but all of them either a) had a lot of other bloat that I didn’t need, b) didn’t have certain features I wanted to be incorporated into journaling, or c) didn’t give me enough flexibility to customize what kinds of data I wanted to track.
I created this Coda doc to help me build my journaling habit the way I wanted and track the data points that I felt were relevant. I’ve been loving this approach so far for these four reasons:
Simple: you can fill out as much or as little as you want.
Contextualize: Coda connects with my calendar and the weather to pull in relevant data to orient my mind to what I did when I go to reflect each day.
Flexible: unlike pre-made apps, I can choose what data points I want to track and the kinds of analyses I want to project to inform my decisions.
Centralized: I can organize all my thoughts in one place, including long-form reflections with the built-in folder and section organization, and keep track of important reflections and life trends.
Once you've gathered some data, you can even publish it into its own doc to have a fun monitor that is live updated with cross-doc (